The holiday season is a big time at Universal Orlando Resort, with special festivities at both of the resort’s theme parks. Each park has a big name to draw in guests, with the famed Macy’s Parade taking to the streets of Universal Studios Florida every day now through January 1, 2017, while the Grinch reigns supreme next door at Islands of Adventure, putting his unique spin on Christmas cheer.

Christmas fun with the Grinch

The Grinch stars in the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular every day from now until New Years Day.

The show is held at Islands of Adventure, where he also hosts a meet and greet for those who want a more personal experience and even presides over a special holiday breakfast. His show is a major draw every year, featuring a soundtrack by Mannheim Steamroller (and yes, it includes the classic “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”). Check the show schedule when you arrive at the park so you don’t miss it. The Grinch breakfast takes place December 15 to 18 and 21 to Christmas day and costs $34.95 for adults and $20.99 for kids nine and under.

The price includes the breakfast buffet and a digital photo with the Mean Green One, along with other photo and autograph opportunities.

To see the Grinch make his grand entrance at Islands of Adventure and give his take on Christmas, check out the video below:

Direct from New York to Universal Orlando Resort

Over at Universal Studios Florida, balloons have come directly from New York to star in the daily Macy’s Parade. It kicks off at 5 p.m.

every night through December 18, then switches to an 8 p.m. start time through January 1, 2017. The balloons are the big (literally) stars, but there’s plenty of fun down on the ground, too, with marching bands, motorcycles, street performers, stilt walkers, skaters, and more. You can see the full parade in the video below:

Universal Studios Florida also has two special holiday shows. A certain big purple dinosaur stars in “A Barney Holiday,” a cute musical for the kids, while “The Blues Brothers Holiday Show” offers Jake and Elwood’s special take on some Christmas standards.

For a more detailed overview of the happenings at both of the theme parks, check out the presentations in the video below:

Holiday fun at no extra cost

All of the Universal Orlando Resort holiday happenings are included with your admission ticket. However, since Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure are two separate theme parks, each requires its own ticket or a two-park combination. The only extra cost option is breakfast with the Grinch. Other than the meal, you’ll get to experience all the seasonal fun. Combine that with all of the usual attractions and the annual holiday crowds and you’ll see why it’s essential to arrive early so you’ll get to do it all.

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